A feature documentary currently in development about the incredible true story of female sumo wrestlers fighting to realise their full potential in Japan's oldest sport.
MATT KAY (SHOOTING DIRECTOR)
Matt co-founded WoLF (Walks Of Life Films) in 2012 concentrating on documentaries and commercial projects. In the past five years he’s directed and shot a variety of docs, whether it be Egypt during the revolution and Arab Spring or a favela in Brazil during the World Cup. His work has featured on Channel 4, BBC THREE and The Guardian.
RACHEL WEXLER (PRODUCER)
Rachel has over 25 years’ experience in film and television, principally documentaries. Her films have been broadcast worldwide and have won dozens of awards including an Emmy. Feature doc Brakeless, which Rachel produced, won a Peabody award and the prestigious Sakata Memorial Foundation Award in Japan. Five years on it’s still screened annually on the anniversary of the tragedy and used in many educational screenings as a discussion starter. Rachel also provides training as part of Future Producer School, which she devised.
EMILY JAMES (EXEC. PRODUCER)
Emily is an award winning documentary filmmaker having produced and directed cutting edge factual television, self-shot observational documentaries, and released 2 feature docs, with another in the wings.
ANDREW CARVER (PRODUCER)
Over the last 9 years Andrew has worked producing cinematic documentary and commercial projects in over 15 countries throughout the world for a variety of clients including Virgin, Greenpeace, DFID and UK Foreign Office. His work has been featured on ITV, Sky News, CNBC and widely online clocking up millions of views. He produced the short Little Miss Sumo with Matt.
JEZ LEWIS (PRODUCER)
Jez began working with a variety of independent production companies in 2001. In 2009 he completed his debut feature documentary, Shed Your Tears And Walk Away, about the extraordinary human dramas which abound in the small rural town of his childhood. Since then Jez has continued to direct, acted as story consultant, and is executive producer on several feature documentaries.
ELLIOT V. KOTEK (EXEC. PRODUCER)
Producer and co-director of the first ever feature film generated by social media, Elliot is the innovative producer and EP of feature length documentaries ("Queen Mimi," "140"), docu-series ("Superhuman," "On the Fringe," "The New Space Race," "Wrong," "Challengers," and "Coded") for Facebook Watch, National Geographic, Netflix, UpWorthy and FastCompany.
HINAKO ARAO (LOCAL PRODUCER)
Hinako has been line producing for the last five years. She specialises in documentary film and her clients include ARTE, SRS, Pro7 and the Discovery Channel. She particularly likes to focus on issues surrounding the environment or women's rights and relishes the challenge of acquiring typically tricky access.
CHIKAYO “CHIKKI” MORIJIRI (LOCAL PRODUCER)
Having accumulated over 15 years of production experience working for both Japanese and international networks and news outlets, Chikki has a reputation as one of Japan's most prominent fixers. Her past work includes Vice’s Gaycation, Netflix’s Dark Tourist and recently Dogs: Scissors Down directed by Roger Ross Williams.